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I’m halfway through my year-end review of (what I think are) the important trends in education technology in 2015.

The word count for the series so far hovers around 34,000, and I have a lot more to say. (I'm sorry. You're welcome.)

This project is a substantial undertaking, but I think it’s worthwhile compiling an overview and analysis of “what happened,” particularly as the education technology industry and the ed-tech press seem prone to forget the past so quickly.

I learn an incredible amount in the process of writing this series, and I see things that I might not otherwise. I hope that, in turn, the series offers the same to my readers.

So with that in mind, I’d like to remind folks that you can support my work financially. You can do so by inviting me to speak (um, and paying me to speak), buying my books, and/or making a donation.

I purposefully keep Hack Education advertising-free. Unlike many other technology blogs, Hack Education isn’t owned by a major technology or media or for-profit education company. I don’t take sponsorship dollars to promote certain posts or products. I have not taken investment money from the same venture capitalists who fund education/technology companies. I think venture philanthropy in education is one of the most dangerous threats to democracy, and so there’ll be no Gates Foundation or Zuckerberg-Chan grants for me.

I am one of the very few independent voices in ed-tech media.

To those who have supported my work – whether financially or intellectually – I cannot begin to tell you how much I appreciate you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I really could not do this without you.

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